Half Term in Centre Parcs
Published: 01 March 2018
Author: Sheena Simaria
At the beginning of the February half term, we took our children to the Woburn Centre Parcs for a short family staycation. It was our first time going to Centre Parcs with our two and a half year old girls and we spent three lovely nights in an executive lodge which we loved. Woburn is the newest of the five Centre Parcs locations which opened four years ago and is just an hour’s drive from London. With over 365 acres of forest, it’s a great escape from the city!
Centre Parcs offers over 200 activities so there’s a lot to keep all the family entertained, regardless of age. You can do as much or as little as you like! Luckily we booked up all the activities for our children a few weeks beforehand as we knew it would be a busy weekend with it being the school holidays. Our girls loved having a go at roller skating for the first time and attending a children’s party with lots of entertainers. They also got stuck into an hour’s session of messy play which included painting, water toys, arts and crafts and play dough. As a family, we all enjoyed our time in the subtropical swimming area as well as bowling.
Our favourite bits:
- The 2 bed executive lodge was modern and clean and had a daily maid service which included fresh towels too
- The indoor pool is great with a wave pool, children’s splash pool with lots of water slides and a Starbucks coffee shop! It’s free too as it’s included in your stay. It’s open all day from 10am – 9pm.
- Aside from our booked activities, there were lots of indoor soft play areas around the forest including inside some of the restaurants too which was a great help for us!
- Our lodge was located on the outer circle, the furthest away from the centre however we were still only a 6-7 minute walk, which we quite enjoyed.
- Book all activities and restaurants asap – they tend to get full very quickly
- Whilst the lodge kitchen is fully equipped with utensils we suggest you take your own: tea, coffee, sugar, washing up liquid, sponges, tea towels, kitchen towels and wipes. These are not provided and are pretty expensive in the on-site super market.
- We made all our breakfasts and lunches in the lodge and had all our dinners out. A great way to save money and it also worked for our schedule around our young twins.
- Take your own bikes as the cycle hire centre is great, but can get pricey.
- Plan your days carefully around your booked activities and check locations of restaurants and activities as often they are a walk away from each other.
- Keep some time for the pool, its great for children and adults too!